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The Book of Atrix Wolfe [Mass Market Paperback]

Patricia A. McKillip
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Sep 1996
Driven by a formless fury when the prince of Kardeth refuses to halt his invasion of the kingdom of Pelucir, the great mage Atrix Wolfe creates a fearful hunter, 'a warrior with no allegiance but to death'. But the ensuing massacre of both armies and the King of Pelucir appals the mage and he flees to the mountains to live in wolf form among wolves until, 20 years later, the Queen of the Woods demands that he seek out her daughter, who disappeared at the time of the great bloodbath. The ensuing story involves aspiring mage Talis Pelucir, son of the slain king, and Saro, a young, mute scullery maid in the castle of Pelucir whose background is unknown. Steeped in medieval legends of the wild huntsman, living trees, and shape changers, McKillip's tale is 'decidedly atmospheric, complex, compelling, and filled with rich imagery.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Ace mass-market ed edition (Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441003613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441003617
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,726,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautifully dark fairytale of love and magic from the World Fantasy Award-winning novelist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Patricia McKillip is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of a number of highly acclaimed fantasy novels, including the Riddlemaster Trilogy. THE BOOK OF ATRIX WOLFE is her second novel for young adults. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The great mage moves," the mage Danicet said twenty years later at the mages' school in Chaumenard, "from moment to moment, from shape to shape, to meet the constant, ever-changing needs of life. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hauntingly beautiful faerie-tale 14 Jun 2001
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This is simply a wonderful book, which merges events of an epic scale with gripping human (and faerie) drama. Patricia McKillip shows what fantasy is or once was all about: the enchantment of the supernatural, evocative language, and a delicate plot. And all that in just one book of less than 250 pages! Think about it before you start reading Martin Jordankind's multi-tome series...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Doesn't Get Any Better Than This! 2 Nov 2000
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What a wonderful book! Weaving, retelling and redefining the classic faerie tale in a style at once simple and elegant, McKillip brings a sense of wonder and magic to every page, creating a world at once familiar yet unlike any other I've encountered. The author has created a haunting fiction in which a thin veil exists between the ordinary and magical, the commonplace, medieval setting of fantasy and the barely perceived kingdom of the Other. This is the realm of Faerie, the closest I have come to it, outside of traditional folklore, since reading Tolkien, yet written with an individual vision that while drawing upon the rich heritage of mythology and legend, such as the Wild Hunt and the Queen of the Wood, breathes new life into the faerie tale, until the story has a character and wonder all its own.
Lovingly and richly detailed, this is not a book to read on an empty stomach. Scenes of feasts and the kitchen abound, delightfully rendered and salivating. The descriptions of the wood captures nature in all its beauty as well as its at times its frightening indifference. The invocation of magic and the spiritual realm are crafted in a way at once wondrous and believable, and for a few hours the reader steps into a world in which he or she wishes they could linger long after the final page reaches its conclusion. Mystery abounds, and it is impossible not to become captured in the author's written spell.
This is not, however, simply a tale of wondrous places and larger than life events. As well as writing lyrically, the author invests her tale with metaphor, and a meditation on words and their relationship to identity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Spell 2 Sep 2004
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I was so deeply moved while reading this book. The frase: 'your worst enemy is your own self' is vividly portrayed.
Started by a mistake done by an old powerful mage, Atrix Wolfe that ends a war between Kardeth and Pelucir. A mistake which caused the uproar and tragedy in human world and fairy world.
In the face of the destruction he had caused, Atrix buried himself for 20 years until the heir of Pelucir called him back through a book written by Atrix himself right after the war.
The book itself contained spells seemingly harmless enough for a beginner mage. But when Talis of Pelucir tried to study them, there were actually other meanings behind every words written which endangered both his and his brother, the King's life for the true meaning of the words led to a black terror that had only one intention, Death.
The black terror was made by Atrix's spell and by the destructive spell, he torn the world of fairy, separating the Queen of the Woods, from her consort and daughter. By her, Atrix was forced to finish what he had started years ago.
The language is so enchanting, it almost put a spell on your mind. You can also make up some delicious recipes from here. The description itself made me hungry everytime I read about tha chapters concerning the castle's kitchen.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem! 26 Jun 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fantasy readers have come to expect the highest calibre of work from Patricia McKillip, with intricate plotlines, charming characters and some of the most beautiful prose being written in fantasy today. The story and characters of "The Book of Atrix Wolfe" are a match for any other McKillip book, but the real triumph here is in the author's mastery of language. Apparently inspired by a storyline which muses on the power and mutability of words, McKillip creates a world simultaneously rich in sensory detail and drenched in dreamlike atmosphere. Only an author this gifted could take overused themes like the Wild Hunt, the Queen of Faery, and wizard's spellbooks and bring them startlingly and uniquely to life. All of McKillip's work is to be treasured; this is a prize gem in the trove.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 10 Aug 2007
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This is the first book I have read by McKillip. The story is touching and cleverly put together following the story of Atrix, Prince Talis and Saro. The imagery is mouth watering and beautiful. It's very atmospheric and enchanting. The only reason I gave it 4 stars not 5 is being there is something in McKillip's writing that is sometimes hard to follow for me.
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